OKC Police: Body Found Is Missing OKC Woman
OKLAHOMA CITY - Humans remains found along Interstate 40 on Tuesday have been identified.
Investigators said they are that of Ellaina Pechacek, a woman who has been missing for more than a month.
This family held on to hope that Pechacek would be found alive, despite her fiancé confessing to police that he killed her.
21-year-old Travis Beadle was arrested in connection to the homicide but would not tell investigators what he did with her body.
Hidden along the access road off I-40 and Peebly Road, investigators found humans remains.
But even after this discovery and no positive identity at the time, the family continued to pray for a miracle.
“Everybody hopes it is not true and maybe they will find her and bring her home. I would just give anything for a miracle like that. We just need to find Ellaina and bring her home,” said Pechacek’s mother, Rebecca Warner.
The family asked friends to think back to old conversations or social media posts hoping it would lead them to Pechacek.
Investigators described the inside of her northwest Oklahoma City apartment as a gruesome scene.
Blood was found on the mattress, walls and furniture.
Police said they had probable cause to arrest Beadle on July 10, a little more than week after the murder investigation began.
“Ever since they had moved to the city he wouldn't get a job and keep it. And so she was working six days a week, every weekend, trying to pay the bills,” Warner said.
Pechacek's aunt is the one who contacted police to file a missing persons report after not hearing from her niece in over a month.
Electricity had been shut off at the couple's apartment for at least two weeks.
Not too long at that, Travis admitted to killing Pechacek.
“He just said that he did it and lawyered up,” said Warner.
Beadle remains in the Oklahoma County jail Saturday night. He is being held without bond.
The family sent News 9 the following statement Saturday evening:
“As a family, we are grateful that Ellaina has been found. We especially appreciate the OKC Homicide Dept.’s determined efforts and diligence in collecting evidence, chasing leads, following tips and obtaining information. We also want to thank the Medical Examiner’s office for the quick determination that the body was indeed Ellaina so we can move forward to lay her to rest. Ellaina’s parents and family are mentally and emotionally exhausted from the toll of this ordeal and request privacy and rest at this time. We also want to thank the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office and David Prater in advance that justice will be served. There will be a memorial service one week from today at 1 p.m. in Kingfisher at the Nazarene Church. The public is invited to attend, however Ellaina’s parents have requested that no media be present at the memorial. A GoFundMe account has been set up for legal expenses, as well as a memorial account set up at NBC Bank.”